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Monday, September 28, 2009

Chocolate Marshmallow Bars

I made these on a whim for game night because they were relatively easy to make and I like all things marshmallow (I'd seen them on the blog Dinner and Dessert). When I made them Thursday night, I didn't think they seemed like anything special. Then on Friday when I was cutting them and sneaking a few tastes, I thought they were pretty decent...good but not my favorite. However, they went over VERY well with my friends...several people commented on how much they liked them and a few guys even took the leftovers with them, saying they planned to eat them all on their drive home. So, I guess they were indeed quite good, I just wasn't feeling them that night!

Recipe, as found on Dinner and Dessert, here:

-3/4 cups butter
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-3 eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 1/3 cups flour
-3 tablespoons cocoa
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup nuts, chopped (I omitted)
-4 cups miniature marshmallows

Topping Ingredients-
-1 1/3 cups chocolate chips (I just used 1 cup)
-1 cup peanut butter
-3 tablespoons butter
-2 cups rice krispies

1. Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
2. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until fluffy.
3. Combine the dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a separate bowl and add to the creamed mixture.
4. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan.
5. Bake for 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees (I baked for closer to 20 because the middle wasn't setting)
6. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the marshmallows over the cake. Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes.
7. Again, remove the pan from the oven and use a wet knife to spread the marshmallows evenly over the cake. Cool.
8. Melt peanut butter, butter, and chocolate over low heat in a small saucepan, stirring constantly, until combined and fully melted.
9. Stir in the rice krispies until they are fully coated in the chocolate mixture.
10. Immediately spread over bars. Chill bars until ready to serve.

**Sorry, I meant to take step by step pictures of this recipe, but completely forgot!